Driving in winter is a nightmare or a test of survival for some, and a pleasure for others. It is important, as the saying goes, to be well prepared and equipped! It’s not just about the vehicle, but also about the accessories that go with it.
Here are five things to consider to make your cold weather travels more comfortable and safer:
1. Suitable driving gloves
Driving with gloves isn’t for everyone, but it’s a great way to get a better grip on the steering wheel at any time of the year, and of course to keep your hands warm even in winter, with or without the heated steering wheel. There are different models for different budgets. It’s up to you to find the combination of warmth, comfort and lightness that suits you. By the way, most modern driving gloves are touchscreen friendly, so you don’t have to take them off every time.
2. A heating pad
Does your old car not have heated seats? Do you envy your rear passengers when they have to freeze their butts off? A heating pad can be very useful and appreciated. You plug it into a 12 volt outlet and you’re done. Some have adjustable intensity or a built-in backrest for optimal comfort. A similar alternative is a thick, heated blanket that your passenger or backseat occupants can plug in and transform into a beautiful cocoon.
3. A portable charger
A car battery may be too weak to start the engine successfully, especially in very cold weather. If this happens to you, there is no guarantee that a Good Samaritan will be there to help you with their own vehicle. That’s why it’s a good idea to carry a portable charger with you to charge the battery when needed, even at -20 degrees. One can be found with a flashlight and built-in air compressor for the tires if you’re looking for maximum versatility.
4. A cargo organizer
Every cautious motorist should have a winter emergency kit in their car, not to mention a can of windscreen washer fluid with antifreeze. Add other accessories, equipment or one or two pieces of luggage (e.g. a pair of boots) and the trunk can be pretty full. A cargo organizer helps to optimize space and make things easier to find.
5. Rubber floor mats
Okay, it’s less aesthetic, but oh so practical! Of course, mats with a raised edge are ideal, the shape of which perfectly matches the areas to be covered. Ask a dealer’s parts department, or consider proven solutions like WeatherTech’s. You won’t be afraid to hop on board with your big, dirty and snowy boots… not to mention that cleaning up the limescale will be a lot easier in the spring!